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by Jeff, 41 minutes ago in Buying Advice
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Distilling Water at Home?

Whole Foods here sells RO/DI bulk at $0.49 a gallon. At $0.30/kWh, distilling doesn't make sense for me. (ZeroWater pitcher is the "oops, forgot to pick some up" back-up plan.)
by mingiunate, 42 minutes ago in Lever Espresso Machines
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1957 Urania 2nd gen refurb

The piston shaft was separated from the piston with the help of a vise and c-spanner. A fair amount of rust was shaken out, but it seems to spin much more smoothly now. I wont attempt to disassemble any further, just clean it up.{image}
by Jeff, 54 minutes ago in Buying Advice
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Help me understand the nuances- HX vs boilers

The number on the PID isn't the brew temperature, especially on an HX. I'd worry if it varied more than one degree since its sensor is what it is controlling. I may have missed it, but I didn't see any Scace or other thermometry. This is a common "PID fallacy" -- the number on the display doesn't indicate brew temperature
by tompoland, 57 minutes ago in Grinders
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EG-1 Ultra burrs for espresso

Very helpful thanks
by Jeff, Today, 8:14 pm in Buying Advice
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Is PID needed for cappuccinos?

I'd also consider the Lelit Elizabeth for compact machines and the Bianca for full-sized ones. The Bianca's water tank can be mounted on the side, which might make it easier to fill and work with in your space. Bellazza seems to me to be be a lot about low price and marketing ("proggettato in Heidelberg")
by Nunas, Today, 7:29 pm in Buying Advice
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Is PID needed for cappuccinos?

A PID on an HX isn't important because the operator controls the temperature by flushing the group. It takes considerable skill and experience to learn to do this accurately and repeatably. But, if you happen to get an HX with an e61 group, be sure to get a group head thermometer. Such a thermometer cuts the learning curve down to
by GDM528, Today, 7:08 pm in Coffee Roasting
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IKAWA Home - profiles

There's an update to the iOS Ikawa Home app! Who's installed it? I have questions about it: Can it still download 'legacy' recipes from the Android app? Are legacy recipes still editable without the subscription service?
by rohithprem, Today, 6:56 pm in Repairs, Restorations & Mods
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Rancilio Silvia V1 short out during steam

So I replaced the input cable with a new fresh one and fresh new spade connectors on the live, neutral and ground wires. Unplugged and plugged in all the connections. Didn't manage to clean them unfortunately. Ensured no visible shorts and nothing shorting into the ground. Started her up and works! This is my theory as
by MSS, Today, 6:55 pm in Buying Advice
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Time to buy a new drip coffee maker

For the last five years we have been using the Bonivita coffee brewer with an 8 cup Chemex (kone filter). Unfortunatly, the Bonivita is dead and we are looking for another brewer. We considering the following: 1. The Bonivita, does make a good cup of coffee, has good features and priced competively. 2. The Chemix
by GDM528, Today, 6:52 pm in Coffee Roasting
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IKAWA Home - profiles

Yes! After seeing the teardowns, it would be super-unhealthy to not let the machine complete a cooling cycle before powering off. Operational temperatures in the Ikawa are comparable to the temperatures applied to solder the components on the boards